A week or so back, I wrote about some Quicken Loans IT team members who built a robot during “Bullet Time.” Bullet Time is a period of four hours each week that IT team members can use for anything. Anything at all. They could build a robot. Or they could build a shuttle tracker.
A shuttle tracker?
Here’s the deal: In Detroit, 10,000-plus Quicken Loans team members work in several buildings and park in lots all over the downtown area. Because of this, Quicken Loans operates a network of shuttles to move people around as quickly and efficiently as possible – especially in the winter. It’s not fun to walk a mile from your office to your car when it’s 0 degrees outside. Trust me on this.
The problem is that often the shuttles fill up or get caught in all of the traffic in downtown Detroit (just about every street is under construction as new development has exploded downtown in the past few years).
That’s where Marika Pehlivanidis, a business consultant on the IT team, comes in. She is a shuttle bus rider and often spent 15–20 minutes waiting for shuttles, only to have them show up full. Her frustration turned into determination to find a better way, and she met up with Travis Knepper, a business analyst on the IT team. One thing led to another, and the shuttle tracker eventually turned into a full-blown Bullet Time project involving several programmers, engineers and business consultants.
That’s the short story on how the Quicken Loans Shuttle Tracker app came to be. I’ll stop writing and let the video tell the story. It’s pretty cool and just another reason why Quicken Loans was named Computerworld’s “#1 place to work in IT” for the past two years in row. Anyone interested in learning more about joining the team here at Quicken Loans should check out QuickenLoansCareers.com for current openings.
Enjoy the video and let us know what you think. Could you use a shuttle app in your life?
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